Bad breath and the term “halitosis” can be used interchangeably. Bad breath can be caused for multiple reasons and may be a more persistent or occasional condition depending on the patient. Our doctors will work together with our patients to find the root of the problem and create a treatment that is best for you. The most common reason for bad breath is the bacteria that is left over from your meals. 80% of bad breath is caused by something in the patient’s mouth. When bacteria is the cause of bad breath treatment options are rather simple; regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash and regular visits to your dentist at Generations Family Dental for a deep professional cleaning and exams should take care of most issues.
Persistent bad breath even when the a patient keeps a regular hygiene routine can be a sign of more serious problems with the gums and teeth.
Some causes of persistent bad breath can be:
– Infections in the mouth such as periodontal (gum) disease
– Respiratory tract infections; throat infections, sinus infections or lung infections.
– Dry mouth caused by salivary gland problems or breathing through the mouth
– Systemic illnesses such as diabetes, acid reflux disease, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease and sinus problems.
When persistent bad breath is present, your dentist will perform an examination of the mouth to determine the cause, depending on the diagnosis your dentist will refer you to a family doctor or a periodontist.
Call our office immediately if you have swollen and painful gums that bleed easily or loose teeth,